Getting to Impact: Reconciling Logframes with Theories of Change

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Darbas, T.
Maru, Y.
Alford, A.
Brown, P.
Dixon, J.

Accountability pressure to demonstrate how research for development projects will bridge the ‘output - outcome gap’ and achieve impacts ‘at scale’ has increased. Consequently, efforts to develop ‘Theory of Change’ (ToC) and impact pathways that steer programs and projects to outcomes have grown within Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) strategy. In response, the cross agency Food Systems Innovation (FSI) initiative piloted the use of ToC thinking within Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). FSI was invited to engage with the large ACIAR-managed Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification (SRFSI) project running from 2014 to 2018 in the Eastern Gangetic Plains. Reviewers of the SRFSI proposal suggested that the project needed strengthening in terms of achieving institutional change and widespread impact. ToC thinking was introduced to SRFSI’s partners during the FSI Symposium and strategic planning meetings and workshops were held in-country.

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